Victor Osimhen claims he rejected move to Arsenal due to first-team football

Victor Osimhen claims he rejected move to Arsenal due to first-team football

- Victor Osimhen has explained why he refused to join Arsenal a few years back

- The Lille striker has been making the headlines this season in the French Ligue 1

- The Nigerian international has attracted interests of top European clubs

Victor Osimhen has been one of the most talked about youngsters that will potentially make a big summer money move to a top European club in the summer transfer window.

The Lille striker has 17 goals in his name this season in 35 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side.

And top European clubs including Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona have been linked with the 21-year-old.

The Nigerian international had several offers when he helped his country win the U17 World Cup in 2015 after emerging top scorer with ten goals.

But the Ultimate Strikers Academy product decided to join Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, rejecting a £3million move to Arsenal.

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And Osimhen has explained why he snubbed the Emirates outfit, claiming he needed to break into first-team action easily.

Following the move, he said: "There were many clubs that were interested in me.

"But my choice was Wolfsburg because I think that my development opportunities are highest here.

"If I had gone to Arsenal, for example, I might not have found the route to the first team so quickly."

Osimhen did not score a goal despite being given the opportunity on 12 occasions in proving himself. He then left Wolfsburg to join Belgian side Charleroi.

And since making a move to Lille last summer, he has been impressive for the Ligue 1 side despite selling their star player Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal.

Lille have slapped a massive €100million asking price on Osimhen according to Le10, in a bid to keep hold of him for another season.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Odion Ighalo has tipped Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen to hit it big as the Lille star has been continued to be linked with Man United and other top European clubs.

The Lille star has been in superb form all season scoring 18 goals in all competitions in 38 appearances.

And his performances have aroused the interest of top European clubs including Ighalo's present side United.

Osimhen paid a visit to watch Ighalo play in Red Devils Europa League second leg clash against Clubbe Brugge at Old Trafford in February.

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